I've been experimenting with image transfers onto polymer clay and my experiments have been successful!
On the left are poly clay tiles with the transfer images in place, well burnished and ready to bake. On the right are the tiles after baking and with the transfer paper removed. I'm amazed at how bright the colors are! The faded rectangles are all that's left of the image on the transfer paper.
I followed this Color Photo Transfer lesson, using Avery Ink-Jet Iron-On T-shirt Transfer paper. The only thing I did differently was that I covered my clay pieces with a ceramic tile for the first bake and then baked 10 minutes to set the image, instead of 5-7 minutes. I removed the tile when I removed the image paper and then I finished the bake.
The secret, I think, is in the burnishing. Not enough pressure, and the image comes out faded because all the color doesn't transfer. I also had to be sure to burnish the image thoroughly around the edges, or I would lose part of the transfer.
But all in all, this transfer technique worked like a charm! One more item completed on my polymer clay " learn to do" list.
2 days ago